Animal Health Officials, Vets Tour Conghua Training Centre

Animal Health Officials, Vets Tour Conghua Training Centre

Government officials from the Hong Kong SAR and the Chinese Mainland, along with industry experts from around the world, toured the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Conghua Training Centre.

Photo: Courtesy Hong Kong Jockey Club

Government officials from the Hong Kong SAR (special administrative region) and the Chinese Mainland, along with industry experts from around the world, toured the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Conghua Training Centre, in Guangzhou, on the Chinese mainland, on Dec/ 13 following the International Conference on the Equine Disease-Free Zone (EDFZ). 

The Conghua Training Centre, on the Chinese mainland, is slated to open in 2018.

"The establishment of the permanent Equine Disease-free Zone in Conghua, Guangdong, to OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) biosecurity standards, is a very clear success for the veterinary authorities of China and Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club,” said Graeme Cooke, MBA, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, deputy chief veterinary officer for the U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. “It is a tremendous achievement. This (Hong Kong SAR Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department)-led conference and the opportunity to visit the impressively constructed facilities within the EDFZ, demonstrated the high investment that has been made to make it happen. As one of the world's top breeders of horses, the U.K. recognizes this major advance, and looks forward to accelerating future collaboration with both the Hong Kong Jockey Club and China."

Alf-Eckbert Fussel, DVM, deputy head of the animal health and welfare unit for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, noted, “The Equine Disease-Free Zone is a crucial element of the Conghua Training Centre and I am very pleased with what I’ve seen during our visit, in particular the exemplary attention to detail in the construction of the site, with every regard taken for biosecurity. It should be a tremendous home for Hong Kong horses. It is now important to maintain the integrity of the entire site including the transport and to continue the necessary surveillance in its surroundings.”

Patricia Ellis, BVSc, MVSc, MANZCVSc, AM, former senior Australian government veterinarian and a consultant veterinarian to the Asian Racing Federation, added: “I am most impressed by what I’ve seen in Conghua. The focus on biosecurity throughout the site is unmatched by any other facility designed for active, in-training Thoroughbreds in the world.”

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